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Eric's Autos: 2020 Audi A8

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The best seats in the house are in the rear -- if you're in the new Audi A8. It has several inches more legroom in the back than in the front, as well as the option to recline your seat and stretch out, which, for obvious reasons, you can't do up front.

But up front's not a bad place to be either.

What It Is

The A8 is a full-size, top-of-the-line luxury sedan. It is similar to others in this class like the Mercedes S-Class and the BMW 7 Series, but it differs from them in a number of ways. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, for one.

The BMW 7 and Mercedes S Class offer it as an extra cost option.

The base price is $85,200 - with Quattro all-wheel drive (and a turbocharged V-6 engine) versus $91,250 for the rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz S450 (which costs $94,250 with its optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system). The rear-wheel-drive BMW 740i starts at $86,450. With its optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the price rises to $89,450.

 

The Audi also offers a plug-in hybrid version -- also with all-wheel drive -- that starts at $94,000.

At the apex is a V-8 hybrid -- again with all-wheel drive. It stickers for $96,800.

What's New

An Executive Package with a wireless tablet-controller is now available, along with the option to fully recline and prop your feet up.

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